Boston native Jillian Cardarelli is young, beautiful and extremely talented. A fresh face to country music, she has been making waves in Nashville recently. She most recently wrote a song for Australian artist Jody Direen on ABC Music. She has also opened up for acts such as Lee Brice and Dierks Bentley. Her soft vocals paired with her outstanding songwriting talent makes her one female artist everyone should be on the lookout for.
Where are you answering these questions from and what are you wearing?
Just woke up in Nashville…sitting on my balcony in my pajamas.
What’s your official title and favorite thing about what you do?
I am a singer/songwriter and my absolute favorite thing about what I do is a toss-up between performing and interacting with fans.
What are three things you CANNOT live without?
My mom, pizza and my cats.
What’s the first concert you ever attended?
What’s the hardest part of being a female artist?
The charts are dominated by a lot of amazing male artists so it can be challenging as female to break those barriers.
What’s the hardest life lesson you’ve learned as it pertains to music?
Trying to not compare yourself to others and staying true to yourself as an artist.
Do you have a favorite restaurant or hang out spot in Music City?
Tavern…I love their s’mores.
Beer or whiskey?
Who’s your favorite country singer from the 90s?
Out of all the songs you’ve written, do you have a favorite?
A song I wrote titled “Blue” with Brian Layson and Brian Wright — It hasn’t been released but it has a very old school feel to it, which I love.
Do you have a favorite place to perform?
I love performing in Nashville, I love the Listening Room Café, but I have had the opportunity to open for a couple artists up in Portland, ME right on the waterfront and it is absolutely breathtaking.
What would you say has been the highlight of your career thus far?
Opening for Willie Nelson and Reba McEntire.
What current event has your eyes and ears? What are you doing about it?
It’s not necessarily a current event but I am very passionate about women’s empowerment. This past April I spoke at a women’s conference in Boston. My favorite charity is Make-A-Wish Foundation because I love the happiness that the organization brings to young children.
How do you think songwriters play a vital role in music today?
A song has the ability to take people back in time, reflect on past or current experiences, and inspire someone. A song is eternal.
What’s one super power you wish you had?
Being able to teleport.
You’re making your favorite sandwich…what’s on it?
My favorite is a pulled pork sandwich.
Name one artist of any genre besides country that you are a fan of and tell us why?
Elvis Presley — he was kind of country, but he was the King of Rock and roll. I love his voice and his stage presence…and of course his cheek bones. I could go on for days.
What makes you laugh out loud?
I’m a sucker for a really good joke.
Fill in the blank: It’s not a party until…
…the house band plays some George Strait.
Fill in the blank: Country music has made me…
…the artist that I am today. Country music has given me songs to fall in love to, mend a broken heart to, and dance to. My goal as an artist is to write and record songs that can do the same for many other people.
Have you heard “Lipstick” by Jillian Cardarelli yet? Let me know what you think @brittwv.